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W Dennis
01-02-2018
11:52 AM CT
Hi, I bought some Christmas ornaments before Christmas, and used them.
Yesterday we were going to break down the tree and pack it and ornaments.
But my husband asked me about the spiritual meaning of some ornaments.
We have pigeons, angels, hats, deers, santa clause, drums, bells, sheep, snowman, toy horses.
I've read the message at : http://www.christmaspirit.com/decorations.htm
Can I keep pigeons, angels, drums, sheep, toy horses? Need to clearly to know.
Who can help? Thank you in advance!!!
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George. gaywitbeck@yahoo
12-27-2017
10:06 AM CT
This may be irrelivent, but it occured to me that if the Magi had seen the "star" in the East they might have in the wrong direction,or east. Therefore the "light" may have been seen in the easterly direction. This is my personal opinion based on this logic; i live in Texas. If i did not know where to look fot the north star, and I asked someone where to look, they would point to the north where the north star is; (in the nort),however if someone later asked me where I saw the north star I might say, "In Texas of course."
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Len
12-06-2017
01:56 PM CT
Adding these to your site can help people understand who is really behind Santa Clause:

https://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/SantaClause.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mii9jjszgp0
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Phil Frasier
12-03-2017
05:24 PM CT
The Wise Men Definitely Went To Bethlehem
1. The family was told to flee to Egypt because Herod would be seeking to kill the child.
2. Herod only killed children within the regions of Bethlehem.
3. It would have been senseless for them to flee from Nazareth when the persecution of the children was taking place only in Bethlehem. Lk. 2:13-14
4. The reason they fled was because they were in the region where the persecution was going to take place - Bethlehem.
5. They fled to Egypt immediately after the departure of the wise man therefore the wise men were in Bethlehem to see the child and not Nazareth.
6. The traveling to Egypt from Bethlehem and then back to Jerusalem to the temple for His dedication within 6 or 7 weeks of His birth is reasonable.
7. According to Matthew chapter 2 they returned to Nazareth only after the visit of the wise men, but according to your theory they would already have been in Nazareth prior to the wise men coming.
8. Had a large prestigious group of Magi arrived in Nazareth when Jesus was 2 years old, to worship Him and offer gifts, certainly that would have made a lasting impression on everyone living in Nazareth since it was a very small community. Yet, as an adult the people of Nazareth simply considered Jesus as the son of the carpenter - a normal person (Mk. 6:1-4). Their attitude towards him as an adult is not consistent had He been so honored and worshipped by Magi as a child in that community.
9. Additionally the word used to describe Jesus as a 'young child' seen by the wise men (Matt. 2:11) is the Gk. word 'paidion' and is used of Jesus when He was 1 day old (Lk. 2:17) and when he was 8 days old (Lk. 2:21) and so does not necessarily and only refer to older toddlers as some suggest.
Edited 12-03-2017 05:34 PM
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AbigailCW
11-23-2017
06:16 PM CT
Hi, just a quick note. You have Max Lucado listed as a resource. However, he has become increasingly involved with New Agers and New Age practices. I suggest checking out Lighthouse Trails.
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WCWhitney19@gmail.com
10-14-2017
10:48 AM CT
Following the timelines between the 2nd chapters of Matthew and of Luke: 1. Mary and Joseph travel to Jerusalem. With no room available, they take refuge in Bethlehem. 2. Jesus is born. 3. That same night, Angels alert shepherds in a nearby field, they see the Baby 'in the manger'. 4. Eight days later Jesus is circumcised at the Temple in Jerusalem, then they return to where they are staying in Bethlehem. 5. The Magi show up in Jerusalem asking King Herod where is the child King. 6. Herod sends them to Bethlehem, where they see the star, stationary over the 'house' in Bethlehem where Mary and Joseph are staying. The Magi give 3 very specific gifts to Jesus, then they leave on an alternate route. 7. An angel wakes Joseph that night and sends them to Egypt. 8. Herod kills all the male babies under 2 years old in Bethlehem. 9. Much later, when Joseph hears King Herod is dead, the family returns to their home in Nazareth, where Jesus grows to adulthood. [Nazareth is a quiet community of commoners, people of notoriety don't typically come from Nazareth.]
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John
12-06-2016
05:20 AM CT
Excellent summary. I would like to suggest one small change where you emphasize that Mary was not sinless because of the sin offering she made. By the same logic, you could also say Jesus was not sinless because he was baptized by John. If you want to make your point from a Protestant perspective, that's fine, but out of respect for half the Christians in this world who are Catholic or Orthodox and still follow what the early Church Fathers taught about Mary's sinlessness (like Ephraim, Ambrose and Augustine for examples), it would be nice if you could accommodate them as well in your otherwise excellent analysis. Maybe a line that says something like "while many believe Mary was sinless, others use this OT Reference to argue she was not." No need to take a good work like this and cast doubt on it by alienating those Christians who disagree on this one small matter. Your other explanations are good and something most Christians of all denominations don't know, but should. Thanks!
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Mike
11-27-2016
08:54 PM CT
Is "ChristmaSpirit" spelled correctly and pehaps.it needs a little more oraganic font look to it...sort.of lock stock barrel right now. And also add drop.shadow to it...50% translucency/opacity to start with.

Otherwiss great segment context and continuity...keep up the good worm and we look forward to full expansiln of more bible stories. Maybe also consider a jump-to link for references cited for your scripture and facts...especially the more you build.up the site
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Mike
11-27-2016
08:49 PM CT
Viewing the page on smartphone. Left side jump-to links are too small...cannot read them very well in native resolution without having to manually scale the page first. Perhaps shrink all.of the supporting text a size or too...but I realize. It is a trade-off here, but likely worth it.

Eliminate the box outlines and use drop shadow behind images and section tirles to create softwr separatjon with spacial.influence.

Is "ChesitmaSpirit
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Sandraacreer@gmail.com
11-26-2016
12:32 PM CT
Where can I buy bible phases on door decoration for Christmas.
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Lisa/ 11-21-2016
11-21-2016
07:14 AM CT
In looking for answers, I have discovered that there is no evidence that this star lead the Magi directly to Jerusalem. Is it possible that what the Magi thought was a star (when they first saw this star)was the light of Angels from Heaven proclaiming to the Shepherds the birth of the Messiah? The light shining from the Heavenly Host would have been extremely bright, beyond belief. According to Matt 2:9 a star appeared after they left Herod, then lead them directly to where Jesus was.
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Phil
12-25-2015
08:33 AM CT
Thanks for all the work you put into this topic. My point concerns your assertion that the wise men did not go to Bethlehem but rather went to see the child Jesus in Nazareth.
The flaw in this is as follows:
1. The family was told to flee to Egypt because Herod would be seeking to kill the child.
2. Herod only killed children within the regions of Bethlehem.
3. It would have been senseless for them to flee from Nazareth when the persecution of the children was taking place only in Bethlehem. Lk. 2:13-14
4. The reason they fled was because they were in the region where the persecution was going to take place - Bethlehem.
5. They fled to Egypt immediately after the departure of the wise man therefore the wise men were in Bethlehem to see the child and not Nazareth.
6. The traveling to Egypt from Bethlehem and then back to Jerusalem to the temple for His dedication within 6 or 7 weeks of His birth is reasonable.
7. According to Matthew chapter 2 they returned to Nazareth only after the visit of the wise men, but according to your theory they would already have been in Nazareth prior to the wise men coming.
8. Had a large prestigious group of Magi arrived in Nazareth when Jesus was 2 years old, to worship Him and offer gifts, certainly that would have made a lasting impression on everyone living in Nazareth since it was a very small community. Yet, as an adult the people of Nazareth simply considered Jesus as the son of the carpenter - a normal person (Mk. 6:1-4). Their attitude towards him as an adult is not consistent had He been so honored and worshipped by Magi as a child in that community.
Edited 12-28-2015 09:14 AM
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Captain KirkPerson was signed in when posted
09-30-2015
11:22 PM CT
Excellent comment by Jim Laupp 12-10-2014. However, the light led the Magi to Jesus, so it seemed to have some precision as to the location that it pointed to.
Edited 10-01-2015 12:12 AM
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Linda Stiffler
12-19-2014
07:11 AM CT
Wow , great . I love seeing between the lines . That is what makes The Word new every morning , great is His faithfulness
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Jim Laupp
12-10-2014
11:32 AM CT
Regarding where the star (whatever it was) "stood" as Matthew says, 2:9 does not say "the place." The literal translation of Matthew 2:9 is this: "And after they had heard the king, they departed and behold, the star, which they saw in the rising, led them, until having arrived, it stood over where the child was." Matthew does not say that the "star" stood over the very house where Jesus was at that time. Using "where" to describe the location of the child, while possible to describe the specific structure, can also probably refer to the city in which he was located. As a matter of illustration, when a person is traveling and happens to talk with a person back home, a common question to be asked is, "Where are you?" The answer commonly would be a city. "Where are you?" "I'm in New York City." To say that Matthew's use of the adverb translated as "where" must mean a specific structure in a city, and not the city itself, is conjecture and speculation.
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Rick Hynek
04-11-2014
10:20 PM CT
Thanks for posting this. I agree with your questioning so-called facts that we have been told from childhood. According to Google, Magi were Zoroastrians who believed that human events were predicted in the stars as well as delving into other practices that were forbidden by God's law. They were highly respected and often advisors to the king.
The problems I have with this story as it is told are 1) Scripture never says that God sent a star. 2) How could any heavenly body, star or planet, be directly over the place where Jesus lay? If a heavenly body were directly over you would it also be directly over someone 20 or 30 miles away? 3) God sent angels to tell the shepherds exactly where to find the Christ child and how he would be dressed. On the other hand, if God led these so-called Wise Men to find Jesus then why did it end up as a horrible, botched up disaster? We never hear a Sunday School teacher ask the kids, "Who wants to play the murdered children this year?". It just doesn't fit into the story. My humble suggestion is that The Magi were not sent by God but by the same spirit that plotted to have Daniel thrown into the lions' den (Dan 6). Their following a star may be best understood as charting their horoscopes. That would also explain why no one else saw this magnificent heavenly body. Astrology is under the rule of the evil one ... not God. however, whatever we find, we ain't gonna change Christian tradition and probably it's better to leave alone as is. Best we stay in the business of sharing the Good News and building His Kingdom. God Bless!
Edited 04-11-2014 10:21 PM
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